Great Barr

England, United Kingdom

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  1. Celebrating the homeschool heroes

    Today marks the final day of homeschooling for many parents.

    Many children are expected to return to school next week as Covid-19 lockdown measures begin to ease.

    BBC radio has been featuring those who have gone the extra mile to help out with homeschooling and those who found themselves having to don the teacher's hat in challenging circumstances.

    Stock homeschooling image

    Lauren Hill from Pelsall runs Sweaty Mama exercise classes.

    Her classes were for mothers and babies but since lockdown she has started running "Sweaty Family" for all ages.

    She has also been looking after her three children, aged one, two and six.

    "For me I had to adapt my classes online and my timetable to fit in between homeschooling," she said.

    It has been "madness" she said, but the classes have been beneficial for families and helping keep kids active.

    Stock image of kids exercising in lockdown

    If you would like to tell us about your homeschooling hero, get in contact with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email newsonline.westmidlands@bbc.co.uk

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, at J8 for M5.

    M6 West Midlands - The road is temporarily closed and queues on M6 southbound at J8 M5, because of an accident and On Exit Ramp.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe accident, between J7 for A34 Birmingham Road and J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J7 for A34 Birmingham Road and J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J7, A34 (Great Barr) and J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a van which has broken down.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

    M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues for three miles on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 25 minutes.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Budget: One off cash grant for hospitality businesses

    Businesses can apply to receive a one off cash payment of up to £18,000 as part of a "restart grant" announced by the chancellor.

    Rishi Sunak said those in hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses can apply through the new UK-wide Recovery Loan Scheme to help businesses of all sizes through the next stage of recovery.

    Cash wrapped in a bow
  7. Dad taking on 363km challenge in son's memory

    A father is set to walk and cycle a distance of 363 km (225 miles) to raise money for charity in memory of his son, who died after 363 days.

    Baabzi Miah, from Birmingham, is raising money for Mencap after son Adam who was born with Down's syndrome and pulmonary hypertension, died in 2017 at 11-months-old after suffering complications due to flu.

    He said the organisation helped his son "in every way" during his life.

    Baabzi Miah from Birmingham

    The challenge will start on 21 March, which is World Down's Syndrome Day.

    Mr Miah said: “I’m going to start this challenge with 5km a day and then increase the daily target by 1 km so hopefully I'll be completing it within six weeks.”

    Baby Adam
  8. Families urged to have Covid-19 tests ahead of school return

    Families with school-aged children are being urged to have Covid-19 tests as schools prepare to reopen to all pupils from Monday.

    Councillor Dr Michael Hardcare, from City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Our schools have worked incredibly hard to create safe learning environments for staff and pupils, and the onus is now on us all to do everything we ensure they remain safe in the coming weeks and months.

    “Regular testing of staff, secondary school pupils and households and bubbles is a key part of this."

    Stock image of home testing

    Secondary pupils will be asked to take three tests in school under supervision.

    Family members and members of childcare or support bubbles can either order home test kits online or collect home test kits from a test site.

  9. Weather: A cloudy day with thundery showers

    It's going turn a little chillier over the next few days but today we also have the risk of showers.

    We could see some heavy rain and even a rumble of thunder, and you can expect some overnight frost.

    Temperatures will reach between 7 and 12 Celsius.

    West Midlands weather forecast 3/2/21